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    Xylene Fumes - updated - 01.09

    Welcome all...if you don't know, the latest images are at the end of the thread.

    The first eight or ten pages...are a reminder to myself of how much I've grown in 7 or so years, so I'd like to keep them up, for now.

    I am currently a full-time (read: unemployed ) student at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena CA, studying to be a Concept Designer.
    Prior to that I persued a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and have worked for 5 years as Technical Illustrator.

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    Right. Sorry about the lame first post folks, that was by way of a test. So...I guess introductions are in order. I'm 26, originally from Baltimore (hon?), and currently clawing my way out of about a year of post-collegiate depression, trying to overcome my sense of artistic inadequacy.

    I've come to the realization that 4 years of Graphic Design training doesn't really prepare you to be an illustrator or concept artist at all...so I'm trying a little self-education. My perspectives on life and art (my own and in general) have changed enormously from the preconceptions I've held most of my life, and at this point I really don't know what direction I'm going in.

    So. I've got tons of sketchbooks accumulated over the past nine months or more. Don't want to overwhelm ya'll with too many crappy doodles so I'll drop my first dump in three chunks.

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    I like the first couple of bald guys you sketched up. It's interesting looking into the line graphing you got going on. The other heads seem crooked. Maybe it's the way you are holding your sketch pad or something has gone wrong with the head graphing bit....dunno. Are these sketches old or recent?

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    heya, Jack, first comment placeboast for yez.

    These are all old, maybe 6 months or so. And yes, there is some crookedness, the reason being: I started moving away from strict graphing to a more intuitive approach. That, and I worked on most of these while curled up on the couch...heheh.

    I'll be posting more old stuff before I get to current work, just to show y'all what sorts of progress I've made and such.

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    cool. stuff keep postin try getting to anatomy

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    Thanks. I'm working on nailing down anatomy in my current SB, but I won't be posting from that until later (Sunday maybe ).

    I'm taking a two-pronged approach on the body: details from the hands to arms, etc., while at the same time doing pages of full-body mannekins for force and motion.

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    Sketchbook number Eleven, not so embarassing

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    Dozenth Sketchbook, lots of skullingtons

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    Lucky Thirdteen

    tryin' out this so-called 'attachment manager'

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    more fun with attachments

    more three-quarter heads

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    minority report studies (heh) with some shading exercises

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    this is the point where I finally overcame my fear of the edge (of the page).

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    A finished Illo! OMG! commentate plz.

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    and a nice head, no ref...yay

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    Number fifteen, the last of the backlog

    All right folks, this is the last retro post. From now on all SB pages will be current, stuff I'm working on RIGHT NOW. Yay.

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    some sorta vampire/werewolf/bestial faces
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    whois this weirdo?
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    Oh woe is me.

    No comments? *sniff* maybe my new siggy will help.

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    You're not getting responses because you're posting the same piece. Work from observation, in something other than pen (sharpie, especially), and vary your subjects. You have some nice product up but you have to widen it.

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    I'm in the same boat. 26 years, did the whole graphic/web design thang.
    I know how it feels

    I like the prismacolor type toning on some of the heads you've done. You have a nice graphic sensibility (wonder why?).
    Like Listing suggested, expand your vocabulary, experiment with diffferent mediums, draw things you don't want to draw. Watch your angles and proportions.

    Keep posting :.

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    Thanks for the comments guys, I really appreciate it.

    I know I need to expand my repertoire; I'll try posting in some different media and subject matter soon. Definitely need some tonal and color work, maybe digital.

    In the mean time, here's some stuff from the last SB I finished.

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    crappy gestures

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    more gestures. Been doin a lot of these (well, some) but most of them are total crap. I can't handle the perspective and the foreground/background confusion.

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    These are the four main muscle diagrams for the arms from Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy. Yay for physiological terminology.

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    yes yes yes, keep it up. I enjoy watching your progress with heads. tough stuff but it`ll help. (i hope). anyway keep i up and dont let a lack of comments get you down. You`re here to improve and when you feel like it, post more personal work. Sharing your work is great, but keep motivated. replies are cool and they motivate. however dont let the lack of replies demotivate you.

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    now THAT was a crazy amount if pictures to download

    Cool stuff BludHund, you''re showing a lot of improvement. I would suggest keeping at it, draw like crazy, from mind, books, life etc. and you'll continue to grow.

    Post some more, I'll check back in later ^^

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    Banshax - Thanks for the moral support. I've learned enough from GD school to know that growth only comes from being able to step back and change directions, and criticism is a crucial element of that. But I've also learned that you've got to persue your own agenda. Only the artist knows what's best for his or her art I guess.

    Olle - Oi, a returning customer. Life is good. Hehe. Yeah, being an art-hermit for six months or so generates quite a shitload of stuff. Plus I've always been more oriented towards quantity than quality...otherwise I'd get bogged down in details or paralyzed with fear over ruining a single piece.

    More pix later tonight folks.

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    I did these a while back, on childrens' construction paper (!). 'General's' (Brand Name) charcoal pencils, set no 557 (three black, one white) are an escellent addition to any artist's kit. They give a really nice consistency, better I think than traditional stick charcoal. The white is especially lovely.

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    This is my artistic equivalent of brushing my teeth or doing push-ups. I had slacked off on it a bit and my linework was getting really awkward as a result. 30 minutes a day works wonders.

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    umm...FYI, these faces are from Mark Simon's 'Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists'. Never will you see a more comprehensive compilation of depressingly boring and poorly-lit people. Howeeever...They all have their whole heads in the frame, and there's lots of them...good for drilling proportions into fingers' muscle memory.

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    I dig the colored paper.
    I noticed a bit of alien lifeform effect on the forehead/craniums on your faces. While it's definitely a good point to leave ample room for a brain, I would look carefully at the proportions.

    mmm. looks like I just saved a kitten :.

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    good start, though I have to agree, the forehead is a little on the big side.

    should do more in-depth studies along with the quick sketches.

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    The colored paper drawings are funky inded. however drawing just the frnt of the face is damn deceiving. Sure it looks great but work on all sides of the head and you`ll find its rather tricky indeed. Man I still cant believe how challenging it is to master all sides of the head. Anyway, you handle value and form well when you draw on paper that is. keep it up!

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    Max - hmm...yes, well being an egghead can throw off your sense of proportion. I'll have to abduct more 'samples' for further dissect...I mean...study

    Oldnoobie - yes, its been a while, I should add that to my daily regimen.

    Banshax - Good point. Time to do some studies in profile and three-quarter again. Modelling forms in space is my biggest weakness right now...

    Its Thursday, so that means I'll be posting some images tonight...yay.

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    Well, not too much tonight folks. *shame* I've been busy doing loads of arm muscle studies. I won't burden with the gory details but here are some of the prettier ones:

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    Also trying to keep up with the full-body poses.

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    And finally, some totally self-gratifying, embarrassing, doodle-riffic excrement:

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    Some more in-depth stuff with different media in the pipeline, I promise!

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    the studies are really coming along arms are fun to study, so many different positions and variations



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    I'd like to see more application of the studies to your doodling.
    I see full muscles on the arm studies, but then I see alot of tube arms on the full-body sketches. Internalize your studies by applyiing them immediately.
    And don't lose your posting fire

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    OldNoobie - one man's fun is another man's masochism muscles are so unbelievably complex (especially the forearm), what with the twisting and the flexing and the interweaving...but it certainly is a fascinating study.

    Max - crap! You've found me out!

    As to the fire, no worries, I'm still a posting madman...just been hella-busy what with the holiday and such. Working in retail is quite a drag.

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    More tonight, pumpkin pie permitting.

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    just a quick Self-Po tonight...sorry, the turkey and taters are making me sleepy.

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    More over the weekend (much more hopefully).

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    how come your drawing on such weird paper.. i mean does that scan well/ any way not mucdh in the way of crits good stuff

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    The amount of work you do is inspiring. And its paying off as well. The faces are coming along nicely and so it the rest. You made some really nice faces but this one i find most interesting. in the lower right corner, you can see you didnt get it exactly yet, but man you`re close to getting it. Its not the best work you made but i find your searching for the right thing very interesting.
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